Battling illness, Rapada willing to pitch

Battling illness, Rapada willing to pitch

Battling illness, Rapada willing to pitch
BALTIMORE -- Reliever Clay Rapada was expected to be available for the Yankees' series finale at Camden Yards on Tuesday, one day after he had to be helped down the dugout stairs following a dizzy spell.

Rapada said that he felt woozy as he pitched to two batters in the Yankees' 8-5 victory over the Orioles and blamed the interaction of Excedrin with antibiotics, which he is taking to treat a sore throat and congestion.

"Last night I came off [in the sixth inning] and had a headache and blurry vision," Rapada said. "I had the shakes. I had to be helped back up here."

Rapada said that there are several pitchers ill in the Yankees' bullpen, and he traced it back to rookie David Phelps, who came north with the club from Spring Training with a cough and congestion.

"The last couple of weeks, it just seems like it's going from one guy to each other," Rapada said. "I blame Phelps. He was the first one."